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The Dam Busters (1955)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  16 July 1955 (USA)
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The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

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Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.
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Mrs. Wallis
Charles Carson ...
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Stanley Van Beers ...
Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S.
Colin Tapley ...
Doctor W. H. Glanville, C.B., C.B.E.
Frederick Leister ...
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Eric Messiter ...
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Laidman Browne ...
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Raymond Huntley ...
Official, National Physical Laboratory
Hugh Manning ...
Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production
Patrick Barr ...
Captain Joseph (Mutt) Summers, C.B.E.
Edwin Styles ...
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Hugh Moxey ...
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Anthony Shaw ...
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Basil Sydney ...
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The British are desperate to shorten the length of WW2 and propose a daring raid to smash Germany's industrial heart. At first the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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bomb | flood | dam | scientist | bomber | See All (42) »

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The dramatic true-life story of the men who broke the Nazis' back! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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16 July 1955 (USA)  »

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The Dambusters  »

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This is one of the films that George Lucas used clips from to edit the rough cut of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (which utilizes many features of the finale of this film quite closely, notably the briefing, the ground staff waiting for news, the troika formation of the attacking aircraft and so on). In Addition, the following exchange from this film is reproduced almost verbatim (with the exception of the characters' names) in "Star Wars": Gibson: "How many guns d'you think there are, Trevor?" Trevor: "I'd say there's about 10 guns - some in the field and some in the tower". See more »

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The train showing being derailed by the flood is running on the left-hand track. British trains do run on the left, but German ones run on the right. See more »

Quotes

Bomber Harris: Cochrane...!
[gestures for him to wait]
Bomber Harris: Don't go for a minute. What do you think of Wallis' idea for bursting the Ruhr Dams?
Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane: It sounds a bit far-fetched. But, personally, I think it could be done.
Bomber Harris: I hope you're right. Anyway, I've given it my support, and I've had orders to get ready. I want you to take it on.
Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane: Right, sir. I'd like to. It'll mean taking a squadron out of the line for special training.
Bomber Harris: No. We must form a special squadron for this. And man it with experienced crews who have just ...
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Very well made film.

A very well made film, with a good script, actors and supporting cast. The film recreates the technical problems of the bombs development and squadron training. However, being made so soon after the raid the film ignores the relative lack of impact of the raid on German war production. However, the bravery of the air crews is very well portrayed. Guy Gibson, who was killed later in the war, won a Victoria Cross for his part in the raid and his leadership.


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